We know…you want siding that is beautiful, sustainable, maintenance-free, and affordable. The problem is that each of these criteria are completely subjective, and each homeowner places a different priority on each. This makes selection difficult. There are just so many options from which to choose and it’s difficult to wade through the ocean of literature and opinion to find the perfect siding for your sustainable home.
Lucky for you, we have hit the record button on an in-depth conversation about siding, as well as a splendid cocktail, the Montenegroni, that Phil describes as “a wonderful summery drink.” We have also crafted a handy chart to help rate the different siding options at a glance (shown above). One might disagree or be surprised by some of the ratings. While they might not be scientifically precise this episode goes into great detail about how and why certain materials got the scores they did.
The Cocktail: Montenegroni:
- 1 oz Montenegro
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz Gin
Stir together and pour over ice. Garnish with lemon twist. Cheers!
- Natural Wood Siding: Probably your most sustainable choice. Detailing and the use of a rainscreen is critical to make this a lasting material. Also, FSC is important.
- Treated Wood: Acetylation, and Torrefication – learn what makes these great choices for siding.
- Exotic Woods: If you’re trying to be sustainable, you’re probably avoiding exotic woods for good reason.
- Composite Sidings: Fiber cement – resource efficient but also high in embodied carbon. Smartside and Truexterior is also discussed.
- Vinyl Siding: Not as bad as you think, but still bad.
- Metal Siding: Not just for commercial buildings anymore.
Pine Tar: Chris talks about how after doing a little research on natural coatings, he’s eager to try out pine tar on an upcoming project. There’s a fine article about it here.
Song of the Episode:
Rings (On a Tree) by Frankie Cosmos
Be sure to read the full article mentioned in the podcast at Green and Healthy Homes
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